Gilette Brasil Global Tour
 
Played
March 29, 2015 3:00 PM BST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 60007‎
 
 

Brazil 1-0 Chile: Firmino gives Selecao battling victory

Dunga's men continued their win streak on the back of World Cup humiliation last summer, triumphing over the upcoming Copa America hosts

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Roberto Firmino came off the bench to net the only goal in Brazil's 1-0 friendly win over Chile at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

In a battling affair, the Hoffenheim man replaced the ineffective Luiz Adriano on the hour-mark and struck the winner with a coolly-taken finish 11 minutes later.

The clash saw two of the modern game's biggest superstars in opposition, but neither Neymar nor Alexis Sanchez - on his home ground - had a significant impact.

Sanchez did show some touches of brilliance, while Neymar was involved in the game's most controversial moment in the first half when Chile midfielder Gary Medel stood on his leg in an off-the-ball incident which went unseen.

The two sides' previous meeting came in the round of 16 in last year's World Cup, a game which saw Brazil prevail on penalties.

This encounter had none of that drama, but that will be of little concern to Brazil, who extended their perfect start to Dunga's second stint in charge, with eight victories from as many games since those fruitless finals on home soil.

After an uneventful opening 20 minutes, Medel was fortunate to remain on the field after standing on Neymar as the pair tangled.

In getting back to his feet, Medel trod on the calf of the Brazil man, leaving Neymar writhing on the ground in apparent agony, but referee Martin Atkinson seemed not to see the incident.

Brazil went close to an opener in the 26th minute when Neymar's free kick from the left eluded everyone and had to be tipped round the post by Barcelona colleague Claudio Bravo.

Eight minutes prior to the interval, Marcelo's diagonal ball picked out Douglas Costa unmarked at the back post but, after chesting the ball down, his volley was wayward.

Chile felt they should have had a penalty 11 minutes into the second period when Mauricio Isla went down under Marcelo's challenge, but Atkinson waved away their appeals.

Sanchez, having been hauled down by Miranda, curled a 25-yard free kick narrowly over the bar in the 64th minute before firing another set-piece straight at Jefferson as Chile looked the more likely side to break the deadlock.

However, somewhat against the run of play, it was Brazil who went in front as Danilo's pass picked out Firmino, who rounded Bravo and slotted home – cheekily looking away in the process of scoring.

Chile were unable to force an equaliser in the closing stages, as Brazil held on and gave themselves a boost in their final game before the deadline to announce squads for the Copa America in June, with Firmino looking increasingly likely to be involved.

 

Brazil

1
Jefferson
Goalkeeper
-
Danilo
Defender
71′
12
Marcelo
Defender
76′
22
Miranda
Defender
63′
4
Thiago Silva
Defender
19′
20
Douglas Costa
Midfielder
62′
25
Fernandinho
Midfielder
84′
10
6
Souza
Midfielder
60′
9
Luiz Adriano
Striker
60′
11
Neymar Jr.
Striker
45′

Chile

1
Claudio Bravo
Goalkeeper
-
E. Mena
Defender
82′
36
Gonzalo Jara
Defender
24
Gary Medel
Midfielder
33
M. Isla
Defender
-
Miiko Albornoz
Defender
11′
23
Arturo Vidal
Midfielder
80′
20
C. Aránguiz
Midfielder
20
R. Millar
Midfielder
74′
9

Substitutes

-
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
1
Marcelo Grohe
Goalkeeper
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
76′
-
-
Gil
Defender
17
Elias
Midfielder
60′ 81′
-
Fabinho
Defender
30
Luiz Gustavo
Midfielder
11
Oscar
Midfielder
22
Willian
Midfielder
62′
22
Roberto Firmino
Midfielder
60′ 71′
7
Robinho
Striker
60′

Substitutes

-
P. Garces
Goalkeeper
25
Enzo Roco
Defender
-
I. Lichnovsky
Defender
-
J. Cornejo
Defender
74′
16
-
J. Fuenzalida
Midfielder
11
M. González
Midfielder
82′ 91′
14
Mati Fernández
Midfielder
-
Edu Vargas
Striker
80′
-

Coach/Manager

-
Tite
Coach

Coach/Manager

-
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match